Ke$ha Postpones U.S. Tour to Extend Rehab Stay
By Scott T. Sterling
Ke$ha shocked fans earlier this year when she checked herself into a Chicago rehabilitation center for an undisclosed eating disorder.
Now, the “Timber” singer has announced that she’ll postpone U.S. tour dates originally scheduled for this spring to extend her stay in rehab to deal with the disorder.
“I was so looking forward to performing at these dates but I need to follow my Doctor’s advice and get my health back on track,” the star said in a press release (via Billboard). “All of your support during this time has been so amazing. I couldn’t have done this without you all. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever on the next tour.”
Ke$ha’s rehab stay became even more controversial when her mom (songwriter Pebe Sebert) blamed the singer’s eating disorder on members of her inner circle, including star producer and regular collaborator, Dr. Luke.
“Dr. Luke told a friend of ours he thought she looked like a refrigerator on her latest video, and could she please try to control her weight,” Sebert told People. “After she went on a 14-day juice cleanse, he said, ‘Thank God you finally got rid of the weight! We’ve all been talking about it!’ So she felt like she couldn’t trust anyone.”
In his own defense, Dr. Luke issued a response to Sebert’s accusations, calling them “completely false” and without merit.
“It is unfortunate that at a time Ke$ha is suffering immensely and trying to heal at a treatment center, her mother is taking this approach with the media,” Dr. Luke said. “I give Ke$ha my utmost support and well wishes for a quick return to health.”
At press time, tickets were still on sale for two Ke$ha concerts in Wisconsin and Illinois, but both are expected to be rescheduled imminently.